Monday, July 31, 2017

A very difficult week...

This week was a really hard one for me and my companion, she is struggling and I don't know what to do to help her so it's hard. I've tried talking to her and asking what I can do, but she says nothing. I do all the service I can for her and just love her, so hopefully she will get better soon!!
 
I am struggling personally with feeling good enough, and it just seems to bee harder everyday. I thought the language would be getting easier but this week it just seem to be 10x harder. Every person I taught would say they don't understand a thing and that doesn't help me feel any better about myself. 
 
Then my companion says I need to learn the lessons because i need a lot of help, I know the material I have grown up in this gospel and I've taught this many times, but she just said I need to read them all over again and learn them... and I know it's to help but it's just hard to hear that "i don't know" the stuff I've been teaching! so this end of the week I've just been crying... oh this week I promised an investigator that I would stop drinking Coca (soda) if they promised to stop coffee - he is struggling with this and so it's been a week since I have had soda!! please pray that I have the strength to continue not drinking it!!!

as for the wedding, it's going well, we have two weeks and things are good, I'm more excited for the baptism the day after the wedding!! on the 12th we have planned 5 baptisms and I pray everyday that they all continue to grow closer to our Savior!!! this week in church we had 6 investigators that's the most since I arrived here.. work is slow we don't have a lot of people to teach but it's going well!!!

I love you all so much and I hope you all have a great week!! <3

com meu todo coraçâo Eu Amo Você
 
Sister Moss
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






















Monday, July 24, 2017

I broke the chair!

This week was a good one and a bad one for me okay well not bad, but hard.... this week started with splits and I needed to be the senior companion again, it's hard for me to do that when I am not comfortable in my Portuguese to teach but it's even worse when we have two newbies in the same place. it's definitely helped me see my progress, but still really hard to be the one that's "in charge" but I think overall I am doing good with it. later in the week we had another splits, then this upcoming Thursday I have another. it's just so crazy. oh and it's strange that I know more about the area and I think I know more about my investigators!!! hahah I am trying with all my heart to be better at understanding - it's still difficult for me.

My companion, Sister Soares, she is great - very small but really great! she is from Belém- PARÁ it's more north, we have a great time together always laughing and smiling! I am still in the same area and it's been good. we don't have a lot of work but we have good work.. we are close to a wedding and baptism for two investigators and it's exciting to see them so excited to be married and baptized.

this week while we were teaching i did something so funny, the investigator gave us plastic chairs to sit down and when she handed me mine it was kinda broken so I thought not to much movement and I would be fine but when we were almost done teaching I dropped something so I went to pick it up and the chair just broke and I fell backwards and my skirt flew up and I hurt myself but it was so funny!! 

I love this mission and it gets better everyday, I am grateful for everything our Savior has given me. 

com meu todo coraçâo 

eu amo vocês<3
 
Sister Moss 






Monday, July 17, 2017

New Companion - She's Brazilian!

This week for me is very very long!!! I love my companion. her name is Sister Soares. she is Brazilian and 20 years old and has little over a year in the mission. we get along great and she is so funny, we are always laughing. in my house I am the only American but I still have a little English, my companion is learning and so is another sister in the house, so I teach English to them (well I'm trying to teach English) as for work, it was slow I am trying to show Sister Soares around and it's difficult because I don't know what I know exactly about my investigators! but it was a good week.

this transfer will test me in every way. my companion is the SLT so every time she goes on splits with the other SLT, it's 2 junior missionaries , one who doesn't speak a whole lot of Portuguese and one who is only a week into the mission... this has me a little freaked out! 

Really cool experience this week, on Sunday we were at lunch with a member and we had finished all the food and message and closing prayer and i received a thought to ask for a blessing and i wasn't sure why but I got a blessing for comfort. the minute that the blessing was done, our phone rang and the SLT had to go to another area for the day, so that meant leaving the two newbies by themselves!!! I see now that the blessing and thought was perfect timing and it was a perfect blessing. We ended up having a great day. terrifying because i had to act as the senior companion and use the phone and start the lessons and it was just different for me and so scary but I am glad that I had the prompting and I am so grateful that I listened to it to receive the blessing.
That's all.
I love you.
Sister Moss
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Four months of service to the Lord

This week marks 4 months!!!! Crazy how fast time is going for me, its been so great and i cant wait for more time to continue to grow!!

well, this week was crazy, we had an emergency transfer and sister Hernandez was transferred to another area and i joined the two other sisters in my house. that was all on Wednesday, then Friday one of the other sisters left for Ribeirão because she is done with her mission!!! so we went from 4 sisters to 2 in just 2 days... it was crazy the two of us were trying to cover 2 areas and it was difficult! this week for work was slow and not a lot because of the transfer it made it hard to work in two areas in the same time frame!!

so many people are telling me my Portuguese is going well and I'm learning so fast!! it's hard to believe that it's good when i still struggle but i do see progress in my Portuguese everyday and its great! my biggest problem is still understanding the people - so many people have very different accents and its so hard to listen and understand.

this week we needed a members help driving a investigator to an activity but they couldn't because they didn't have gas in the car and were struggling with paying for it, so I had a thought to give her my money, I did what the scriptures says to give what I have... so I did and it felt great to do that and to be able to help just a little bit. I know that the member needed it and she was very grateful to receive it!

but we got transfers and I'm STAYING in Rio Preto, my new companion will be Sister Soars (I don't know how to spell her name) she will get to Rio Preto in 2 hours... she just finished training sister Munson (my companion in the CTM)

mom you have done a WONDERFUL job teaching me what I needed to know, what we all need to know! we haven't been the easiest kids for you but I know that what you taught is exactly what we needed. your family is perfect, yes we didn't do FHE every week, but at the same time we did every time we were together laughing for no reason or at a soccer game or anything we did together - that was our FHE. I know with all my heart that I am the way I am because of you, I am so GRATEFUL for you and everything that you have taught me. I am sorry that you haven't been able to sit and learn in church it will pass. I sit there with no little ones and I don't understand I know its frustrating but you're right, it will pass, the littles are are learning and I know the little amount of words you do hear are exactly what you need to hear, in the exact way you need to hear it!  Mommy I love you with my whole heart and I will never be able to thank you enough for all that you've done for me<3

Com meu todo coração
Eu Amor Vocês <3

Sister Moss

Happy 4th of July from Brazil
 





Monday, July 3, 2017

The Holy Ghost will testify of the truthfulness of the Gospel

This week we had some great milagres. we have a new family of 5 and they show great promise. we taught them the plan of salvation and it was great and cool to see them asking questions to know more!

Next we receive food in almost all of our appts. whether it's investigators or members, I love food!!

Some exciting news - we are planning a WEDDING! we have one couple who finally decided to get married so they can be baptized!!! its so great to be able to talk to them about forever families and them asking how they can do that and wanting it now!

we had a really cool experience yesterday, we went to an investigators house and we hadn't seen him in a while but it was good he was excited to see us, so we started talking and we asked what he felt after his prayers and he said he felt peace, but he still wasn't sure whether this was true, so we asked him right there to kneel down with us and ask Heavenly Father again whether this was true, while he prayed the Holy Ghost testified to me again this is right and i am doing the Lords work! after we asked him how he felt and he was speechless, and just sat there and closed his eyes to think. this was a great experience for me and I Know that the spirit testified to him as well.

this week we were at a members for FHE and when the Elder in charge starting conducting he said we will start with a special musical number from Sister Moss and Sister Hernandez, I look up and say "SERIO" to my companion she hadn't asked me to sing in front of everyone!!!! At least the song was in English (we sang Emma) I will send a video as soon as I receive it. an elder has it and he can't send it to me right now...

today is super super pday.. we are having a giant party and food and games, it should be good, the people in my zone are great patient with my Portuguese and help a lot. there are only 4 Americans in my zone. I am the only American sister... 

by the way I will be giving my clothes that are too big away to member or investigators. I'm almost done with the BOM and i love the peanut butter. i eat it with chocolate!! oh I also put JEANS on for the first time the other day and I miss them!!!! haha its okay.

I love and miss you all have a great week!!

Sister Moss 

Oh I had a meeting with president this week and he is very proud of my and isn't worried about me - 10 seconds into the meeting he said I can see the lights have been turned on and it's great! He also had notes or questions he wrote down to ask but he didn't ask them because when I walked in he already knew the answer! 

okay now i have to go

LOVE YOU<3
muito amor com meu todo coracão<3



Monday, June 26, 2017

Christlike Attributes

This week we had mission tour and I wasn't as lucky as Kenzie to get someone who spoke English but it was still great! We had Elder Perroti - I think area 70, in mission tour. I understood about 3/4 of it! We talked about how to be a true disciple of Christ and what we need to do to become more like Christ. one quote I love is "we need to work for Christlike attributes, we need them to be interwoven into us." another thing is that we just can't have one, when we have one of the attributes, it leads to us gaining more and more we need to want to have them all and continue to grow them and become better!

This week I woke up Sunday morning with no to little voice... so that makes teaching other people really fun! our work has slowed down a lot we have to start cutting people from our list this week because they just aren't progressing, and it's sad... we have 8 investigators that are progressing but also at a stand, 4 of the 8 need to be married first. the others have finally gotten jobs or are not in the house when we schedule appointments... so that's frustrating!
 
We walk in part city and part country and depending on the day there are a lot of people out or none! We talk while we walk. We walk about, i would say, 10 miles a day the farthest we walk is about 35 min.  

Its been a good week for me. I have been helping a lot more in lessons and it's great! I just need to understand fully now!!! 

I love being here and I love that I'm continuing to grow and learn. I see progress every day and it's so great. I love you all so much.
 
Sister Moss 







Monday, June 19, 2017

It was the first time actually felt like a "real" missionary!


To start out I just want to say that I recognize that my attitude before I left for my mission had changed from what it was, I had a hard time with listening and being that always helpful person. so for that I am sorry! 

As for this week, it has probably been the best week so far for me, this week we had a little amount of lessons the work is slowing down, people aren't letting us in, and some of the investigators we had have hit a slow point and want to progress but not on one thing - the law of chastity. we thought they were married but they aren't so we taught castidade (chastity) and they flat out told us no they wouldn't live by this commandment. and that's sad because they had a baptism date on the 24th. 

This week I have been able to understand more - still not everything but more is better, we had a ward party (Festa Junina) and it's the best holiday because it's all about country and stuff!!! I have pictures of that night and when I figure out how to send them, you will see I'm definitely trying to love the people and give my all!!

I had the coolest experience so far, I was on splits with Sister Macedo, and we were teaching the Plan of Salvation, to J and J and it was the MOST spiritual experience, I was able to help with the whole lesson and I felt the spirit so strong, J said to me, because while I was teaching I was stumbling to get the words out, but she stopped me and said that she could understand exactly every word I was saying and she could feel the spirit. I cried... Sister Macedo almost cried and I think it was the first time actually felt like a "real" missionary (I know I'm a missionary, it was just different) it was so great!

I love you all so much and miss you tons!!! be safe feel better and have a great week!!

Love, Sister Moss

Monday, June 12, 2017

I Think I Caught Dad's Cold!

Hey...

This week was SUPER slow, we have caught a slow period in the work to where we are only teaching maybe 3 lessons a day. This week, however, was better for me - until Thursday. I think I caught dads cold ;-) hahah no it dropped from 80 degrees to 60 in just a day... but it's nice. also I went to the hospital...

I'm good. I told my companion that I just had a cold and it would go away in a few days, I got a blessing and I would be fine but she still took me there to a member, the doctor (member) said exactly what I did and she prescribed me stronger medicine. So that's good. 

We have 4 good investigators right now B and C. They are legally married and have a baptism date for the 24th. I hope they can do everything in time for the baptism, one has a problem with the word of wisdom. So I pray we can help them be ready in time. The other is another couple but they aren't married A and E they enjoy church and have been working on the word of wisdom as well, the cool thing is that they moved and actually told us where they were moving to so we can continue to teach them. Which is different in the field. 

I spoke (in sacrament a couple of weeks ago) on how missionary work can change lives. I talked about my mom and how grateful I am for missionary work and all that's its done for my family. I think it went well.. I'm glad it's over though!! 
 
Music...I love the songs: Give It All To Him, Trust Him, Emma (it's a sad song but I like it), It's Not About You, and Embark (in Portuguese) I AM SO HAPPY that i have music because it has become my stress reliever ahah 

This week was good but slow and I'm looking forward to a new week. I love what I'm doing and I'm so glad I have the opportunity to serve.

love you all <3
 
Sister Moss

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

UGH!

This week has been super hard for me, I haven't been able to understand anything this week - it was like I was in the CTM the first day again, and I don't like that feeling! I just cried one day because I couldn't understand...

WE FINALLY HAVE POWER, oh and it's great, haha

We sat at a investigators house one night and listened to him sing church songs. It was good because I hadn't had music for 5 days. Music is my stress reliever! This week we marked 3 baptism dates for this month and 2 of our investigators are now legally married so now they can now be baptized!!! So that's great.. I am always singing in Portuguese or in English it's pretty fun! Oh this week I wrestled with a membro to do the dishes after almoço....I lost, hahah I love her (irma Margete) I have about 3 new bug bites every day so that's fun.

Something spiritual this week was I was reading my scriptures (in Portuguese) and I normally don't understand but I read one verse and I UNDERSTOOD it completely it was Alma 37:13 and it's a great scripture. I am so grateful for the Savior and the miracles that I see daily. 

I love you all so much <3
 
Love,
 
Sister Moss
 
 
Alma 37:13
 
O remember, remember, my son Helaman, how strict are the commandments of God. And he said: If ye will keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land—but if ye keep not his commandments ye shall be cut off from his presence.
 
 

Monday, May 29, 2017

It's Official!!!

Where to start for this week - it's been Crazy....

1st thing - It's official, I'm Brazilian, we were shopping the other day and the lady asked me where I was from in Brazil because my accent was different
 
2nd I don't like transfers
 
3rd I am so grateful for power and energy

Poulsen and I were asked to teach an English class at the chapel so that's exciting, we did a deep clean last Monday (Poulsen and I) we had Uva Leite (grape milk) which is a drink I had...Our energy has been out for a week and it stinks. we lost all of our food and we have freezing water for showers.
 
For the language, some days it just comes out like normal I don't need to think about what the words are in English first so that's progress. All week we were all excited for TRANSFERS right; we thought we knew what was going to happen, but nope we didn't, sister Hernandez and I stayed in Rio Preto, and Poulsen and Nascimento left and that makes me super sad, like a lot. For selfish reasons I didn't want them to leave. 

Right now we have 3 really strong investigators that are ready for baptism but can't be baptized because they are not legally married, and won't go get married. Besides that, we are doing a lot. we the less actives we spent all day yesterday walking around looking for them to confirm they still live there and to help them come back to church. oh yesterday we were also at the church for most of the day because we were having lunch with a family that was preparing for a ward activity so there were about 30 people at our lunch. it was fun. 

mommy can you please send me conference talks in English and some work outs like 10 min ones? I would love The Fourth Missionary talk! 

I love and miss you all and I love this opportunity that I have to serve! 

Love, 

Sister Moss




Monday, May 22, 2017

I gave my first talk in Portuguese (in Sacrament)

This week was good and rough at the same time. We have had lots of rain and that makes it easier to get into the homes of people! haha! We have 3 investigators really progressing and have 3 baptism dates for this upcoming week.

We had meetings with Presidente Scholz this week and though it went well, we talked about the first 12 weeks how I'm feeling, if I see progress and the progress he sees. It was good. I got a blessing this past week as well because I am becoming more and more impatient with myself, in the language. it seems to be getting hard to understand. We did a quick splits again this week and I was with Sister Poulsen again, haha it was fun, and it gave me a heart attack at the same time. This time we stayed in my area and I was in charge of planning the day and who we would see and what we would teach and I about died!! It ended up being a good day but still scary. We got lost quite a bit... these roads are all the same and in circles. 

Oh I did the most terrifying thing in my whole life yesterday...Can you guess what it was?

That's right I gave a talk in sacrament meeting in Portuguese!!!! Definitely a good experience though. I think it went well and it was a easy topic - How can missionary work change your life?
Well that's simple and I'm so grateful for missionary work, I told this story about the most amazing woman and how missionary work changed her life. I love you mommy and I'm glad missionary work can change our lives.

I love you all and I'm am so grateful for my call to serve the Lord.
Sister Moss

Monday, May 15, 2017

Baptism!

Hello!
 
This week was difficult for me in the language but I got through it and was able to see my family this week, which gave me more motivation to be better. the family looks great, and I was able to Skype Kenzie too!!

For work this week we had our first baptism which was exciting, weird thing we (4 missionaries) sang at the baptism, it was different, but so cool. the baptism was different than at home., everyone was in street clothes and it was more of a party setting, balloons, and cake - different but cool. haha 
as for other investigators we are teaching 4 brothers and they are French and don't speak a lot of Portuguese which is funny because we kind of do a half French lesson and half Portuguese lesson. We had a couple with so much potential and we might have lost them due to a disagreement on something, we will have to see they left town for a little while. 
 
This week we had splits which was nerve wracking because I can barely understand my companion so how am I supposed to go with a sister I don't know and be able to talk, and help her in any way? well the answer is simple, I was put with sister Poulsen who is American!! She is the STL (Sister Training Leader) and she felt like she needed to be with me this week to talk to me about how I am truly doing, IN ENGLISH... it was much needed, and she gave me some great advice, and really helped me, I am so grateful for her. She also was able to explain more of the language that I was struggling with in English which helped a lot too. 

I am so grateful the Lord knows me and what I need exactly when I need it, he definitely is a huge part of my life. so happy to be serving our Savior 

I love you all so much, and Happy Mothers Day <3  

Love,

Sister Moss